Head of the Ukrainian state Petro Poroshenko welcomed the first batch of U.S. steam coal that reached Ukraine in the early hours of September 13. The respective message showed up on the official’s Facebook page.
‘I welcome the first batch of American coal in Ukraine, which was brought here according to my deal with President Trump. These supplies are an essential contribution to the state’s energy security and a bright example of mutually beneficial cooperation between strategic partners ,’ the Ukrainian leader wrote.
‘Russia has irretrievably lost another instrument of energy blackmail, despite obnoxiously stealing Ukrainian coal from Ukraine’s Donbas,’ he added.
In July, U.S. President Donald Trump announced he had planned to export coal to Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry added that Washington could have many more friends among the countries that have been Russia’s energy hostages.
In late 2016, Ukraine began the railroad blockade of Donbas, aiming to cease any energy sector cooperation with the militant-held territories. At the same time, the Ukrainian government led negotiations with the U.S. and South Africa. In May 2017, first cargo vessel brought the first batch of South African coal to Ukraine.